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January 31, 2007
Driver 76 - PSP Preview
Release Date Distributer Publisher Developer Anticipation Players Price
29/3/2007UbisoftUbisoftUbisoft Reflections /
Sumo Digital
1-?$79.95

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The cops are hot on your trail.
Atari have had a pretty tough time of late with some terrible financials and a dire long term outlook. Forced with massive debts the company had to sell off some of their key properties - Driver being one of them. Unfortunately their last efforts in the series have been less then stellar. Ubisoft snapped up the license and Driver 76 is the first title to show its face under the license. Rather then being a PS2 or PC title the French company has announced this title as a PSP release - and its a release that has big potential.

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Graphics are looking pretty good.
Driver 76 is essentially a prequel story to the events that occurred in Driver Parallel Lines taking place two years earlier in 1976. Developed by Ubisoft Reflections (the new name for the original developer Reflections) the title is a an action driving game that features Hollywood-style car chases while also letting the player experience the open environment on foot. The game thrusts the player into the heart of the 1970s, through 27 missions divided into six main plots. Players can take side jobs, earning cash that can be used to modify their rides.

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Action is also on-foot.
Driver 76 also offers an extensive multi-player mode and a host of mini-games ranging from street races to all out carnage in Destruction Derby mode. These multi-games include Street Racing, Destruction Derby, Pink Slip Racing and Swap Meet. Also download new paintjobs to use on your collected vehicles in the garage.

The developers are also promising that you'll be able to push the stock standard cars even faster by customizing your car with special parts.

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Now that's a crash!
The game will retain the 1970's look with accurately recreated architecture, cars and clothes of the 70s. The game spans districts including New York from Jersey to Coney Island but despite the size of the game world the graphics look to be pretty solid - and certainly up there with most of the better PSP titles to date. Audio should also impress as Ubisoft are promising a range of authentic, but still to be announced, 1970's music.

While there is still much to be revealed about this title there isn't too long until the release with March 29th currently being targeted. No matter what you thought of the previous titles this new publisher in Ubisoft aren't a company to rush unfinished products to market to meet deadlines. Keep an eye out for this one.